Brief history of Cyprus

 

Commonly referred to as The Island of Love, it is believed that Cyprus was the birthplace of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. According to the myth, Aphrodite was created by Cronus castrating his father Uranus and casting his genitals into the Mediterranean Sea. The wind blew Aphrodite towards Paphos where she emerged from the water and hence the legend was born.

Cyprus is a sun soaked haven in the east Mediterranean, the third largest in the Mediterranean basin. An island nation steeped in history, with human activity dating back to the 10th millennium BC. Boasting no less than 3 UNESCO Heritage sites, Cyprus is an island of warm hospitality, deep culture and history, myths and ancient riches. From Neolithic times to the Bronze age, stretching to the Phoenicians, Romans and Ottomans – all have left their mark and left behind remnants of the past leaving a fascinating journey through history waiting to be discovered. 

Tourism plays a vital role in the economy, with millions of visitors flocking each year to its warm shores, to bathe under the Mediterranean sun, explore its rugged coastlines, the beauty of the Troodos mountains and the jewels that lie under the sea. From Skiing in winter to watersports in Summer, Cyprus ticks all the boxes for the intrepid traveller. Something for everyone, whether relaxing under the Cypriot sun or delving into Cyprus’s history through the ages. 

Food in Cyprus is big business and we mean BIG. The warm and friendly Cypriots take eating very seriously and this is reflected wholly through the size of the portions. Meze is the perfect way to sample Cypriot cuisine where plates of food are shared amongst everyone at the table – tahini, tzatziki on fluffy pitta bread, souvlaki and lamb are all local delicacies, inspired by Turkish, Middle East and Greek cultures which have all played a part in Cyprus’s history. 

 

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